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What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

What is the function of uvula? I think I scratched it with my toothbrush this morning!

Uvula function: The uvula is part of the soft palate and helps to seal the maxillary sinus during swallowing. If you traumatized it it can be painful and give the feeling of a sore throat. Be sure to baby the area, by eating softer foods and chewing your food well before swallowing. Stay away from hard or scratchy foods for a while. Without re-injury it should in several days. ...Read more

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Uvula (Definition)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of ...Read more


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Why do we have a uvula?

Not fully understood: All the mammals do not have uvula ,it helps phonation ( voice } gauge reflex , salivation , it is some times removed for snoring in sleep apnea . ...Read more

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Why is my uvula crooked?

Probably: If it's been crooked all your life, probably just a normal anatomic variation. If this is a recent change, it deserves investigation...call your Dentist for recommendation to an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do people have a uvula?

Uvula: Great question! It has long been thought that the uvula is "vestigial," meaning that it really has no specific purpose. Having removed the uvula hundreds of times for patients who snore and have sleep apnea, I've found that not having one does seem to affect swallowing of nasal secretions, specifically making it somewhat harder. I think a purpose is to help with nasal mucous clearance ...Read more

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How can I treat elongated uvula?

How can I treat elongated uvula?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What happen if you press your uvula?

Pressing your uvula: Hello. Very interesting question. Not sure why you would want to press your uvula but reactions that most probably would occur would be gagging. There is a rich supply of sensory nerves in this region that are sensitive to touch. Swelling could occur also. ...Read more

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What can cause your uvula to vibrate?

Snoring in short: If your uvula is vibrating while awake. It is probably due to the airflow through your nose. Snoring is the result of the palate and uvula vibrating. ...Read more